Best iPhone Game Updates: ‘Sonic Dream Team’, ‘Merge Mansion’, ‘Diablo Immortal’, ‘PiKuBo’, and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It’s time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. Barring the inevitable latecomers, this should be more or less the last batch of Halloween-themed updates for this year. How the time flies, eh? Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let’s go for it!

Bright Reappear, $1.99 Holy smokes, this is a big-pants update. I’m awarding the coveted UMMSotW prize to this, because it’s a dramatic overhaul of a game I already enjoyed. There are some new heroes to use: Red Panda and Orc, each with their own elimination method. This adds a lot to the game all on its own, but there are also some improvements to the UI, some expanded or upgraded features, and a ton of bug fixes. Wow! I love having new reasons to fire up games I haven’t touched in a while.

Jetpack Joyride, Free Hm, the update notes for Jetpack Joyride are getting a lot thinner lately. Not sure what to make of that. Anyway, it’s time for a new event in the game. It’s pirate-themed, so collect those Golden Skulls and get your goodies. I think we’ve had this event before, so it’s not really anything to go running up and down the street shouting at the top of your voice about.

PiKuBo - 3D Nonogram Puzzles, Free I already wrote about this one in its own article late last week, but I’m including it here again because it’s my party until the party is over. At any rate, this new update for puzzler PiKuBo has two main elements to it. First, a new puzzle pack of thirty-six puzzles you can buy for a buck. Next, some UI adjustments to make it easier to read the clues on the bricks and get into puzzles a little faster via double-tapping on them from the menu. A nice update all around, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more puzzle packs for this one for a long time to come.

Disney Magic Kingdoms, Free Yes, I suppose it is about the time for a new update for Disney Magic Kingdoms. Despite it being very summer-like outside, this is apparently a spring-themed update. Characters from Pixar’s A Bug’s Life will be joining the park, along with new attractions and all the usual goodies that come with each event. Flik, Dot, and Atta have to show Hopper the door when he makes an unexpected return. Sure, that’s fine. I feel like A Bug’s Life tends to be overlooked, and to an extent I understand. But it’s one of the best kid-friendly adaptations of The Seven Samurai I can think of, and that is worth something.

MARVEL Future Fight, Free Marvel’s First Family takes the spotlight in the latest update to Marvel Future Fight. Franklin Richards and Valeria Richards join the playable roster, and I don’t even know what Franklin’s powers are anymore. I remember when he was a beyond Omega-level mutant who could bend reality itself, but I’m pretty sure he got nerfed. Or was he un-nerfed? Why have I wasted so many words on Franklin Richards, anyway? Sigh. New Tier-4 (get it?) advancement and uniforms have been added for Mister Fantastic and Invisible Woman, and the new Multiverse Saga story has kicked off. There are also some new collectible Emblems. Every time I think this game is heading for the door, it orders another drink. Well, I won’t complain.

Hello Kitty Island Adventure, I’m not sure if the license handcuffs them from saying exactly what this event is or if there is some other reason, but Kitty and friends are celebrating Pride Month in the game’s latest update. The Paper Parade has arrived, and Tuxedosam is building his own float. Help him out by collecting Paper Crafts and add them to the float. You’ll be rewarded for helping out, and since this is a single-float parade you’ll be making sure the whole event goes off as best as it possibly can.

Sonic Dream Team, More levels! That’s what I like to see from a Sonic Dream Team update, and that’s what we get here. Specifically, more Sweet Dreams levels. There’s also a new Jukebox mode. You can collect music tracks from across the Dream World and listen to them. Finally, there’s a new special level waiting at the end of the Sweet Dreams Zone, and it’s a very spicy meatball. Bring your A-game if you plan to tackle it, because it isn’t fooling around! Not bad, not bad at all.

Honkai Impact 3rd, Free Look – close enough, okay? Shaun wants a hot dinner tonight. There’s a new S-Rank PSY-type Battlesuit available in the game, the Lone Destruction: Shadowchaser. Also in this update: a new main story chapter, a new event, a couple of new outfits, some new weapons, and some new stigmata. Most of this stuff is connected to that new Battlesuit, so I sure hope you like it or else there isn’t a whole ton in this update for you. Enough to keep you going until the next one, at least. Maybe that’s all it needs to be.

Merge Mansion, Free Taking the position of the obligatory free-to-play matching puzzle game update for this week is Merge Mansion. You can look forward to a whole new area this time around, the Secret Society. That sounds very… super-villain. What is Grandma up to this time? This update also includes some improvements for Secret Supply, seeds in special events for the month, and does some of those oh-so-lovely bug fixes and enhancements. Alright, moving on.

Diablo Immortal, Free Okay, Diablo Immortal seems like a good way to bring this to a close. The new summer update, titled Writhing Abyss, is officially on. There are two new PvE challenges, four new Helliquary bosses to tackle, and a new Runes progression system included. There is also a new Phantom Market, and some recurring events. Also some new stuff to blow real money on, but that’s the nature of the beast, isn’t it?

That about wraps it up for last week’s significant updates. I’m sure I’ve missed some, though, so please feel free to comment below and let everyone know if you think something should be mentioned. As usual, major updates will likely get their own news stories throughout this week, and I’ll be back next Monday to summarize and fill in the blanks. Have a great week!

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